Kepa out as Lampard’s starting XI against Liverpool on Sunday predicted

Chelsea have a tough task ahead of them on Sunday when they host Premier League champions Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

Both teams got their campaigns off to a winning start last weekend and it will be a real test for Frank Lampard to see how far his team have come.

However, the Blues have some injury issues, with Christian Pulisic, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Hakim Ziyech all set to be missing from the game.

It gives Lampard some problems over who he will pick for the important game on Sunday.

football.london’s writers have their say on who should be in the starting XI.

Despite the win, there were some issues for Lampard’s side in the 3-1 win over Brighton on Monday night, with the goalkeeper situation in the spotlight again.

Kepa Arrizabalaga hardly covered himself in glory again on Monday night, so it should be time to drop him for Willy Caballero.

Up top, with the injuries still there, Olivier Giroud could be a real weapon, and having Kai Havertz and Timo Werner around him could get the best out of all three.

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As for the middle of the park, I would bring Mateo Kovacic back into the side and have N’Golo Kante at the base of a three, with Mason Mount on the other side of him.

As for the defence, Cesar Azpilicueta should come back in to replace Marcos Alonso

Harbord’s team (4-3-2-1): Caballero; James, Christensen, Zouma, Azpilicueta; Kovacic, Kante, Mount; Havertz, Werner; Giroup

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With no one returning from injury, it is hard to envisage too many changes from the team that won 3-1 away to Brighton on Monday night.

But there are three logical swaps.

The first is dropping Kepa once again in favour of Willy Caballero, despite Lampard being kind to the Spain international post-match at the Amex.

And the second will be putting Ross Barkley, who did well off the bench, in for Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

It’s been a tough time for the latter and the post-match criticism on TV seemed a little harsh but his fellow England international seems in better shape right now.

That does, however, mean Kai Havertz continues on the right and Mateo Kovacic is on the bench after serving a suspension.

The third and final change would see captain Cesar Azpilicueta, who has been injured, coming in at left back for Marcos Alonso.

Smith’s team (4-2-3-1): Caballero; James, Christensen, Zouma, Azpilicueta; Jorginho, Kante; Havertz, Barkley, Mount; Werner.

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